Archives for February, 2013

Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research Increasing Public Access to the Results of Scientific Research Second shoe drops: new White House Directive mandates OA AAP Supports OSTP Policy Urging Collaboration in Public Access White House Public Access Policy Is Out White House Delivers New Open-Access Policy That Has Activists Cheering SPARC…

Cracked is as Cracked does. Especially in this case, where some researchers do some especially cracked things. Or more precisely, things they only could have thought of after being cracked on the head. Librarian researchers, don’t try this at your library! The 5 Most Badass Things Ever Done in the Name of Research 5. Thor…

You Build A Library with Books Beware the Big Errors of ‘Big Data’ Some Preliminary Theses on MOOCs Tear it down, build it up: the Research Output Team, or the library-as-publisher Publishers versus libraries Waking Up to New Approaches to Community Media and Librarianship Wikipedia vs Britannica Open Access, library and publisher competition, and the…

The biennial Western Conference on Science Education will be taking place this coming July 9–July 11, 2013. I’m thinking very seriously of going and I think science/engineering librarians in general should consider doing so as well. Here’s how they describe it: The biennial Western Conference for Science Education creates an ongoing organizational infrastructure that invites…

So here’s the rather strange story. Way back in 2010, librarian Dale Askey, then of Kansas State University, wrote a blog post critical of the humanities monograph publisher Edwin Mellen. Basically, he stated that the publishers’ low quality did not justify their high prices. No big deal, really, librarians have lots of opinions about publishers…

Librarians seem to be under siege these days, both from within and without. But at our core, librarians no matter where they work just want to make the world a better place. io9 has a wonderful older post with a list of fictional librarians who’ve perhaps put that motto into action a little more directly…

Like lunch, writing isn’t free when librarians lend their politics – or, information wants to be doctrinaire OLITA Resolution on Opposition to Access Copyright License Agreements Calling out nonsense – Access Copyright On (Access) Copyright What is the government’s interest in copyright? Not that of the public. The Fastest Way to Send Big Chunks of…

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm’s Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb is a real gem of a graphic novel, yet another stunning exemplar of what is possible with the graphic novel format. As I’ve often said, there are basically two kinds of science graphic novels — those that use the format to illustrate the same…

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